Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for western part of BREMER BAY and the eastern part of BOXWOOD HILL in the SHIRE OF JERRAMUNGUP

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21 December 2018

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Bushfire WATCH AND ACT for western part of BREMER BAY and the eastern part of BOXWOOD HILL in the SHIRE OF JERRAMUNGUP

ALERT LEVEL:

A bushfire WATCH AND ACT has been issued for people bounded by Borden-Bremer Bay Road to the north, Warramurrup Road to the east, the coastline to the south and Reef Beach Road to the west, in the western part of BREMER BAY and the eastern part of BOXWOOD HILL in the SHIRE OF JERRAMUNGUP.

  • The alert level for this fire has been upgraded.
  • There is a possible threat to lives and homes as a fire is approaching in the area and conditions are changing.
  • You need to leave or get ready to actively defend.
  • The fire started near the intersection of BORDEN-BREMER BAY ROAD and WARRAMURRUP ROAD in BREMER BAY

WHAT TO DO:

  • If you are not prepared or you plan to leave, leave now if the way is clear.
  • If you are well prepared and plan to actively defend your home, make final preparations now.
  • If you are not at home, do not try to return as conditions in the area could be very dangerous.
  • Close all doors and windows and turn off evaporative air conditioners, but keep water running through the system if possible.

BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR:

  • The bushfire is moving in a south westerly direction.
  • It is contained but not controlled.


ROAD CLOSURES AND CONDITIONS:

Avoid the area and be aware of fire and emergency services personnel working on site.
A number of roads have been closed including:

  • Reef Beach Road
  • Warramurrup Road

Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully due to smoke.

Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au or by contacting the Shire of Jerramungup.

RECREATION SITE CLOSURES:

Reef Beach, surrounding sand dunes and nearby camping areas have been closed and are expected to be closed for some time. People camping in the area need to leave immediately. 

People planning to camp at Reef Beach and surrounding sites over the coming days are advised they should avoid the area.


WHAT FIREFIGHTERS ARE DOING:

  • Firefighters are on the scene, actively fighting the fire.
  • Bush Fire Service and local government firefighters are attending.
  • Aerial support has been sent to assist ground crews.


DRONES AND AERIAL SUPPORT:
Never fly a drone, model aircraft or multirotor near bushfires. Doing so poses a major safety risk to firefighting personnel in the air and on the ground, and forces aircraft to be grounded or redirected, hindering firefighting efforts.


EXTRA INFORMATION:

  • The fire was reported at 11:23 AM on 20 December 2018.
  • Currently there has been 200 hectares burnt.
  • The cause of the fire is unknown.
  • Shire of Jerramungup is managing the fire.


KEEP UP TO DATE:

Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/



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